The Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership: A model for urban pollinator conservation

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Monday, September, 12, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Dr. Jennifer Cruse Sanders, of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, teams up with Greening Youth Foundation?s Urban Youth Corps during a pollinator garden out planting in Vine City, Atlanta

Dr. Jennifer Cruse Sanders, of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, teams up with Greening Youth Foundation?s Urban Youth Corps during a pollinator garden out planting in Vine City, Atlanta

Global pollinator populations are in decline for many reasons including habitat loss and overuse of pesticides. The Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership (GAPP) was initiated in 2009, in Atlanta, because the housing boom of the 1990s and early 2000s Over a 20 year period, approximately 162,000 ha of pollinator-friendly native green space/tree canopy were lost with an increase of 81,000 ha of impervious surface.

Goals of the GAPP are to encourage restoration, development, and registration of pollinator habitat at an ecologically significant landscape scale. Consequently, the?project focuses on a 40-km radius area around downtown Atlanta that comprises nearly 500,000 ha of potential pollinator habitat and includes all major public lands and thousands of individual residences. Efforts focus on restoring pollinator-friendly habitat and educating the public through formal and informal programs. Key initiatives include using native species, controlling invasive species, establishing community gardens, citizen science projects, conservation, education, and research.

Dr. Jenny Cruse Sanders is Vice President for Science and Conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and adjunct professor in Biology at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has a B.A. from Boston University, an M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Georgia, and she was a Keck Postdoctoral Fellow at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Before joining the Garden, she was an Assistant Professor at Salem College and Director of the Salem College Herbarium. At Atlanta Botanical Garden, she directs conservation programs for rare plants and amphibians, develops research with the Garden?s collections, and promotes opportunities for the public to engage in scientific discussions and discovery. These activities are coordinated with expert staff in other departments at the Garden, as well as with scientists at academic institutions across the southeastern U.S.

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